2010-07-01 / Front Page

Bank Robber Sentenced To 45 Months

Case pending against Richard McKinley Fox Jr. in Franklin County
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Richard Fox Richard Fox Ten months after he was released from a state correctional institution, Richard McKinley Fox Jr. found himself in the lobby of the Waterfall branch of Community State Bank with a hand-written note asking for money. Fox failed to wear a mask and took no precautions in hiding his identity from bank tellers. He walked out of the bank during the morning hours of February 22 with $1,764 in hand.

Appearing before Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Douglas Herman on Tuesday for sentencing in connection with the bank heist, Fox told a courtroom of observers he had no excuse for what he had done. Fox, however, did note he had had very little employment since his release from prison on April 30, 2009.

“I even had a preacher try to find me a job,” said Fox, who prior to his arrest had been residing in Waynesboro with his fiance. In addition, Fulton County Public Defender Tamela Bard said her client had cooperated fully with police investigators and his statement that he was unable to locate employment due to a prior record was very telling.

Judge Herman stated it was indeed a failure of the system that Fox maxed out a 20-year prison term and hit the streets without the aid of a transitional program.

“You couldn’t adjust with what you were confronted with after having been inside for 20 years.

Hopefully you can transition this time with supervision ... . I don’t want to understate the effect this type of crime has on a community and those inside the bank,” said the judge, who added the teller in question has received some coun- seling but is still suffering from emotional trauma.

Herman followed up on his statements by sentencing Fox, 42, to serve between 45 and 120 months in a state correctional institution in conjunction with one count of robbery, a felony two, as well as theft by unlawful taking or disposition. The sentence was to begin effective June 29. Fox will also pay $1,764 in restitution to Community State Bank of Orbisonia and a $500 fine.

Charges are also currently pending against Fox in neighboring Franklin County as a result of a follow-up bank robbery on February 26 at Susquehanna Bank in Antrim Township. He is awaiting a pre-trial conference on two counts of robbery and one count of theft by unlawful taking. In the event he is found guilty of the accusations, Fox will likely receive credit for time served since March 22 when he was arraigned and remanded to the Franklin County Prison in lieu of bail.

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